puffily; puffier; puffiest

Puffy things are swollen or soft, like a big, puffy hairdo or your favorite puffy winter coat that's stuffed full of feathers.

Your eyes might be puffy after a really sad movie, and your cat may look puffy when she's hissing at the dog. Big, round clouds are puffy, and so are the white seed heads of dandelions — the puffy balls you can blow on and make a wish. Wind is puffy too, when it blows in little gusts. This is the earliest meaning of puffy, from puff and its Old English root pyffan, "to blow with the mouth."

Definitions of puffy
  1. adjective
    being puffed out; used of hair style or clothing
    synonyms: bouffant
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. adjective
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
    “eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids”
    puffy tumid flesh”
    synonyms: intumescent, tumescent, tumid, turgid
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
  3. adjective
    blowing in puffs or short intermittent blasts
    puffy off-shore winds”
    synonyms: gusty
    (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
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